HGR 096 - Trigger Systems & The Training Environment with Grant Cunningham

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, I’m joined by Grant Cunningham, author & instructor, to discuss how the various trigger systems can affect the training experience.

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Main Topic: Trigger Systems & The Training Environment with Grant Cunningham

In the world of firearms, particularly handguns, we have a myriad of options. This is a good thing, as it allows the shooter to customize the handgun to their liking. Having choices about gun fit, and being able to utilize handguns that fit us properly will translate into improved shooting. Rather than focusing on how the handgun DOESN’T fit you properly, you will be focusing on your fundamentals and ultimately becoming a better shooter. One really imporant aspect of gun fit & function is the trigger system. There are numerous ones out there, but typically the most popular are Single Action or SA Only, Double Action or DA Only, Single-Action/Double-Action a la Sig-Sauer and Beretta and finally pre-set striker style, like you might see on a Glock. These different trigger systems have their advantages and some have disadvantages, and encountering them in the training environment can make things sometimes very complicated.

  1. First, an overview: Single Action; Double-Action or DAO; SA/DA; Pre-Set Striker Style.
  2. As a trainer, you have some people who are sometimes beginners in the shooting world. What do you see as the most common reasons for preferring one of the above trigger systems? Reach, comfort or something else?
  3. In your eyes, what do you feel is the best trigger system to start someone on if they have never fired a firearm?
  4. What are some of the problems that can happen with each trigger system mentioned above, with a particular focus on the training environment?
  5. Have you ever encountered a situation where you have actually recommended something like a DA/SA?
  6. How does having different trigger systems present on the training range affect the course?
  7. If you could have one trigger system that worked great for everybody, what would it be?

Thanks so much Grant for coming on!


Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!